The combined health and community services industry is Queensland’s largest employer, providing jobs for 290,000 people or 12.4% of the state’s total labour market as at February 2013. It is expected to contribute almost one in four new jobs in Queensland over the next five years. These predictions will see a total of 52,400 new jobs in the industry to November 2017. Nationally, further employment growth in the Industry of 241,800 (18 per cent) is expected over the five years to 2016–17.
It is estimated that approximately 58.7% of the health and community services workforce is employed in Hospitals, Medical and Other Health Care Services (health industry), and 41.3% work in Residential Care Services and Social Assistance Services (community services industry).
The health and community services industry:
The health and community services industry includes a large variety of sectors whose primary goal is to support individual and community well-being through a range of care, support, education, welfare and related services. These industries exist in every community throughout Queensland, providing services across the population, often focussing on meeting the needs of the sick, frail, vulnerable and at-risk members of the community. The following are just some of the sectors that make up the two industries:
Hospitals, Primary Health, Oral Health, Allied Health, Mental Health, Community Health, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health, Alternative and Complementary Health.
Community Services Industry:
Youth Services, Early Childhood Education and Care, Disability Services, Mental Health Services, Aged and Community Care Services, Emergency Services, Counselling and Mediation Services, Family and Domestic Violence Services.
The Aged and Community Care sector provides accommodation, support and care services to older people in need and younger people with a disability. Services in this sector include nursing homes, hostels, respite centres, home care and nursing services, retirement villages, independent living units and seniors' housing. Some services are also provided specifically for the carers of older people or younger people with a disability.Find out more >
Child protection services in Queensland are currently divided into three service platforms. Primary or universal services, providing for all children and families; secondary services, targeted at families at higher risk or in need of additional support and tertiary services, designed to respond to abuse or neglect in situations where children have been significantly harmed or are in immediate danger of harm.Find out more >
Children's services are provided by a variety of private, not-for-profit and a small number of government organisations across Queensland. These range from small facilities with only limited staff, to some of Queensland's largest employers who operate many services across the state and employ hundreds of workers.Find out more >
Community Services represent approximately 42 per cent of the Health and Community Services workforce in Queensland. This sector employs approximately 122,000 workers as at February Quarter 2013, or 5.2 per cent of the Queensland workforce. Major subdivisions in Community Services are Social Assistance Services and Residential Care Services. Community Services comprise organisations whose primary goal is to support individual or community well-being and to meet the needs of vulnerable and at-risk community members.Find out more >
Mental health disorders are the largest single cause of non-fatal or disability burden in Queensland and projections to 2023 indicate that mental illness is expected to remain the largest contributor to the prevalence of disability until age 60. In Queensland, it is estimated that in any one year, 16.6 per cent of the population is affected by mental health disorders. While up to 600,000 Queenslanders will experience mental illness in any given year, only a third have access to mental health services.Find out more >
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 17.9 per cent of Queenslanders, or just less than 1 in every 5 people, have a disability. Over 150,000 Queenslanders have a severe disability and require help or assistance with self-care, mobility or communication needs (Queensland Government, 2012). Disability services are provided by a range of government, non-government and private organisations across Queensland.Find out more >
The health care workforce incorporates a range of vocations operating in different industry settings; medical practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals (physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, social workers, indigenous health workers, etc) and other occupations, working in hospitals and other institutional settings.Find out more >
The Social and Community Housing sector provides accommodation, support and care services to homeless and high need, low income earners throughout Queensland through the Commonwealth National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). Although the size of the sector (including its workforce) is unclear, it has grown exponentially in the last few years.Find out more >